Indianapolis Professional Association
IPA was founded in October, 1984 by six far-sighted attorneys and a judge who were members of the Marion County Bar Association, a legal professional organization, comprised of mostly African-American attorneys. The members were Judge Taylor Baker Jr., Attorneys Bernard Huff, Mae Jimison, Nora Peoples, Ted Wilson, Willard Ransom, and Coleman Moore. On January 26, 1985, the official name, structure, and mission were established. IPA was incorporated in February, 1985 and registered as a tax-exempt organization under both the State of Indiana and the US Internal Revenue Service (501 (c)(3).
To promote and develop the education and economy of African-Americans and to encourage others to do so To be a network for African-Americans to gather and to discuss and exchange ideas To afford assistance and training to African-americans and others in various professions, businesses and occupations To act as role models and mentors for African-americans and others throughout the community
Through networking, we come together in an attempt to fullfill our moral, mental, and community obligations, and in the hope that our joint effort can only serve to enhance and ultimately benefit the total community at large. We fulfill this motto through these annual events.
Achievement Awards BreakfastSpring
Highlights the scholastic and other accomplishments of local African-American scholars. This event highlights the academic achievement and community contributions of college-bound minority students from Marion County high schools. Honorees are provided $500 book awards to assist them with financing their studies..
Youth Empowerment BreakfastSpring
Provides a positive forum for youth, families and others to learn ways to pro-actively deal with the educational, economic and other challenges facing minority youth today. Local organizations, programs, students and mentors are recognized for volunteers efforts in civic improvement and mentoring at risk youth in the merits of “giving back” to the community.
The creation and foundation of the Indianapolis Professional Association in 1984 were based mainly on networking, joining forces and collaborating with other professionals, businesspersons, groups and organizations to deal with prevalent and common issues of concern which affects the minority populace to make a greater impact and avoid a duplication of effort; IPA’s Networking mission is to bring to the forefront and highlight local black and other businesses, professionals and civic organization which are providing needed services in the local community.
During the immediate last few years, through both IPA’s Spring Organizational Networking Luncheon (Formed in 2004) and its Fall Networking/Fundraising Event (emanated from IPA’s Business Card Exchange created in 1988), these standing events have all been successful and meaning forums. They have covered such topics as diversity in both education and employment, two showcases of local minority professionals and businesspersons in 13 categories, the local tech scene and two programs on mentoring in Indy. Additionally, IPA’s 2018 Fall Networking/Fundraiser Event covered “The State of the Local Minority Economy”